- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - President Donald Trump’s order barring travelers from seven Muslim majority nations from entering the United States has created uncertainty for a newlywed doctor in New Hampshire.

Born in Maryland, Dr. Omid Moghimi (Oh’ MEED Mo GHEE’mee) grew up in his father’s native Iran and returned to the United States to study medicine. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center internist fell in love with a childhood friend in Iran and married her there in 2015. After months of paperwork to bring her to the U.S., she faced a visa interview this week. That’s now canceled, and it’s not clear when it will happen. The president’s 90-day ban affects travelers from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

“That’s kind of thrown our whole lives up in the air,” the 28-year-old Moghimi said Tuesday.

He fears that the ban will become permanent. “What that translates to in our lives, is that I, a U.S. citizen, will basically not have an option of living in this country anymore, because I will be forced to move somewhere else to live with my wife, he said. “I’m in my first year of residency right now; it’s a three-year program.”

He hasn’t seen his wife, Dorsa Razi, since early May. She’s interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education. She volunteers at day-care centers and at an orphanage.

Razi had flown to Abu Dhabi for her interview because Iran doesn’t have a U.S. embassy. She’s still there.

“There’s no evidence that she is in any way even a miniscule threat, security risk, and there are many, many cases like her out there,” he said. “If there’s any clear evidence that there is a threat to national security which is being addressed by this move, then we would gladly comply and take whatever inconvenience comes along with it. But because I haven’t seen any at all yet, then I find this to be a very unfair, and pointless, and unnecessary move.”

Moghimi has contacted New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Rep. Annie Kuster, all Democrats, for help.

“My office has been working closely with Dr. Moghimi to help secure an immigrant visa for his wife,” Shaheen said. “However, President Trump’s Muslim ban has stalled this process. This is another tragic example of how harmful this un-American executive order is. We are a nation of immigrants and should remain welcoming to all nations and faiths.”

Trump also suspended the admission of all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely barred refugees from Syria. The White House maintains the travel restrictions are not a ban and are essential for safety.

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